Pakistan Women Cricket Team Makes History in New Zealand with Another Milestone
The Pakistan women’s cricket team emerged victorious against New Zealand in the 3rd Women’s One-Day International (W-ODI) match, concluding the tour with three wins out of six matches.
In a thrilling final ODI, Pakistan secured a win through a Super Over after the batters tied the match while pursuing a target of 252. Notably, spinners Nashra Sandhu and Ghulam Fatima each claimed two wickets, while Umm-e-Hani contributed with a solitary wicket.
The key contributors to Pakistan’s successful chase were ex-captain Bismah Maroof, who scored 68 runs off 86 balls, along with impactful performances from Aliya Riaz (44) and Fatima Sana (36).
This victory marked Pakistan’s first W-ODI triumph against the White Ferns, achieving significant milestones throughout the tour despite the absence of Nida Dar.
Pakistan end a memorable tour on a high, beating New Zealand away in women's ODIs for the first time!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 18, 2023
Earlier in the tour, Pakistan became the second team, following England, to clinch a W-T20I series against New Zealand in their home turf, securing a 2-1 victory. Now, adding to their achievements, they have claimed a win in a One-Day game as well.
The third One-Day match went into a Super Over, where Pakistan scored 11 runs. Aliya Riaz’s boundary and effective running between the wickets contributed to this double-digit score. Spinner Sadia Iqbal defended the runs by taking two wickets, ultimately securing the win for Pakistan.
The second One-Day encounter was equally intense, with New Zealand successfully chasing down the target of 221 with just one wicket in hand. The standout performer that night was middle-order batter Maddy Green. In that match, Pakistan’s makeshift captain, Fatima Sana, scored an impressive 90 runs at a strike rate of 86.53, while Ghulam Fatima claimed four wickets.
After two closely contested matches, the One-Day series concluded with New Zealand holding a 2-1 lead.
Looking ahead, Pakistan’s next cricketing challenge is set for May 2024, as they prepare to head to the United Kingdom for a three-match W-T20I and W-ODI series.